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THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION (AHA/ASA) RELEASED UPDATED GUIDELINES ON SECONDARY STROKE PREVENTION, WITH A RECOMMENDATION FOR PFO CLOSURE.

The guidelines state that “it is now considered reasonable to close patent foramen ovale percutaneously in selected patients: those with younger age with nonlacunar stroke or no other cause at any age.”

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Understanding your Options for PFO Treatment

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Talk to your doctor about all available PFO treatment options

If you’ve had a stroke of unknown cause and have also been diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO), also known as a PFO-associated stroke, it’s important to talk to your doctor about how to reduce your risk of another stroke. Treatment options include medicine and a procedure to close your PFO.

PFO closure with the Amplatzer™ Talisman™ PFO Occluder

The Amplatzer Talisman PFO Occluder is a device that can be placed in your heart to close your PFO. The occluder stops blood clots from traveling through the PFO. This reduces your risk of having another stroke. Guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association support PFO closure in more patients.

Watch the video to learn more about the PFO closure procedure.

Talk to your doctors to find out if PFO closure is right for you.

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Blood-thinning medicine

Your doctor may prescribe medicine after your stroke. Sometimes an aspirin a day is recommended. Sometimes stronger medications called anticoagulants are recommended.

The goal of this medicine is to thin the blood and reduce your chance of having blood clots. No medicine can permanently close the hole in your heart.

Get More Information on PFO Closure

Find out how you can reduce your risk of another stroke with PFO closure.

Learn more about PFO closure
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